Metiria and Russel have just announced that they have secured an agreement with the government to have campaign funding and finance examined by a Citizens’ Jury.
The jury will include representatives from every electorate in the country and will be resourced so as to provide a considered opinion about the future of political party and campaign funding:
“Citizens’ Juries and citizens’ assemblies have been used overseas to consider and review issues such as this. The great beauty of Citizens’ Juries and assemblies is that they take the debate away from the political parties and hand it over to a group of citizens without a vested interest.
“We believe that a Citizens’ Jury is the best place to consider the contentious issues of political party and campaign funding that have been raised in the debate around the Electoral Finance Act.
“While the Act was needed to close loopholes in the law revealed at the last election, we need a more inclusive and disinterested process to further consider the bigger picture of political party and campaign funding.”
Citizens’ juries generated significant amount of debate here on frogblog a couple of weeks ago. My view is that this victory is another indication that the Greens, despite their limited number of MPs, are working pragmatically and effectively in an MMP environment to create positive changes. Throughout the EFB debate all parties and participants have been accused at some stage or another of self interest. A citizen’s jury will remove hopefully both the likelihood and the perception of self interest and corruption from our electoral laws.